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Austin comes to Sticky Fingerz when The Jungle Rockers bring their psycho-garage-abilly racket to town, 9 p.m., $5. Blue Man Group, the three-piece performance art troupe, give the first of eight performances at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $58-$79. Down the street, electronic instrumentalists Sound Tribe Sector 9 co-headline Fayetteville's Arkansas Music Pavilion with the wild techno-rock duo of Ghostland Observatory, 8 p.m., $23. Jeff Coleman and Friends take to The Afterthought to celebrate First Thursday in Hillcrest with a free show, 8 p.m. The River Market district hosts the weekly parties "Posh" and "In Too Deep" at Ernie Biggs and Deep Ultra Lounge, respectively, 9 p.m. Jazzy acoustic singer-songwriter Tiffany Christopher performs at the Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m.
Goof-rockers Pop Tart Monkeys begin their three-night, Labor Day weekend stint at West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Twangy, country-singing workhorse Ryan Couron plays Fox and Hound, 10 p.m., $5. Soul-man/ladykiller William Staggers brings his funk-laced R&B to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Eric Somner, the folk-pop vagrant, comes to Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. The Village hosts a battle of the bands in which the winner gets an opening spot for hard-emo act As I Lay Dying; Shadowvein, Trail of Sin, Poisonwood, The Last Shade, In the Fade, Once Exiled, Fear the Aftermath and Siege the City face off, 7 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
The Frontier Circus, wild-out country deconstructionists born from The Rockin' Guys, take to the Juanita's stage with bluegrass outfit The Crumbs and local staples Pope County Bootleggers providing support, 9 p.m., $5. Bill St. Bar and Grill hosts an after party following the Keith Sweat show, 9 p.m. Cover band Penguin Dilemma reimagines Bowie, Dylan, Paul Simon and more with its acoustic guitars at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. At Discovery, Justin Sane mans the disco, g-force spins in the lobby and Jenna Sky, Roxy Starlight and Leah Alize strut in the theater, 10 p.m. Khalil's Pub on Shackleford hosts a karaoke night, 7 p.m. At Revolution, jam-band heroes Tea Leaf Green play a boogalooed brand of rock music; Mississippi blues act Hill Country Revue opens the night, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.